[b-hebrew] 2Sam24:1 subjects

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Wed Aug 10 18:46:17 EDT 2005

Yes.  The clauses in question are as follows:

             וַיַּשְׁכִּ֣ימוּ בַבֹּ֔קֶר וְהִנֵּ֥ה כֻלָּ֖ם פְּגָרִ֥ים מֵתִֽים

The nearest antecedent for the plural subject is the Assyrians, but it's 
fairly apparent that they didn't wake up since they were dead.  Truth be 
told, there isn't a good candidate for the subject of וַיַּשְׁכִּ֣ימוּ in the 
general vicinity of this verse.  So perhaps that qualifies as one of James' 
passages with ambiguous subjects.

On Wednesday 10 August 2005 15:53, Ben Crick wrote:
> On Wed 10 Aug 2005 (10:56:34), dwashbur at nyx.net wrote:
> > A much better example of ambiguous subjects would be that wonderful
> > verse in  Kings - I can't seem to find it right now but I'm not near
> > any resources and  am just doing this off the top of my head, so to
> > speak - where YHWH killed a  whole enemy army during the night, and the
> > KJV gives that delightful  rendering that goes something like "When
> > they awoke in the morning, they were  all dead."  As the German soldier
> > said in the movie "Bedknobs and  Broomsticks," ein gute Trick!
>  2 Kings 19:35 = Isaiah 37:36
>  Oh, and it's ein guter Trick.
>  Shalom
>  Ben

Dave Washburn
"Well, if I'd wanted a safe life, I guess I wouldn't have 
married a man who studies rocks." - Betty Armstrong (Fay Masterson)

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